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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Timothy Pickering to Richard Caswell
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
April 17, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 70-71

[From Executive Letter Book.]

War Office, April 17th, 1779.


The time of service of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the Third North Carolina Regiment being expired, all the officers belonging to it are to return home to the State, as they may do service in the Southern Army, if furnished with men. We have given orders to Lieut. Col. Mebane, who has the command of the Regiment, to apply to the Government of your State to form a Regiment, to be employed at the Southward during the continuance of the Enemy in that quarter, the Regiment to be

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raised in such manner as the Government shall think fit, only, if engaged on the continental establishment, the Regiment must, of course, be liable to serve where the exigency of the States shall call them. Of this matter we judged it expedient to inform your Excellency, and to request that as those officers continue in pay they may be furnished with the means of serving the United States.

We have the honor to be,
Very respectfully, your Mo. Ob. Servt.,
By order of the Board.
Gov. Caswell.